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E18 Error My Powershot A80 stopped working within a few hours: I took pictures Saturday night on Sunday morning the lens would not open up anymore. Text reads E18 - I see on the internet that this is a common problem. What can I do?

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    You are my star! Fix nr.3 did do the magic (the one with the AC cable). Have a great day.

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    Camera will not turn on. Ive tried new batteries.
    Just started doing this yesterday


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Sorry to hear that. I have an A80 also, and I really like that camera (swear it takes better pictures than even my A620).

The E18 error is fairly common. Usually it's sand or grit interfering with the lens extension mechanism. Or the camera's been dropped with the lens extended. Or the camera has been powered on, but the lens had been blocked preventing its extension.

Here's some things that you can do to try to correct it. They only seem to work for about 50% of lens errors, but if the camera is out of warranty they're worth a try:

http://camerarepair.blogspot.com/2007/12/fixing-lens-error-on-digital-camera.html

Posted on May 11, 2008

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